2024 Charleston Half Marathon®

The Charleston Half Marathon® is ECM's annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the race support ECM's arts programs in local schools, and 20% of the proceeds are awarded in arts grants to teachers.


Want to participate in an AMAZING event that raised over $500,000 for arts programs in our local schools? The Charleston Half Marathon® is a scenic 13.1-mile run that showcases the beauty and the history of the Lowcountry, starting in downtown Charleston and ending in North Charleston. Music and performance groups from our local schools and community will dot the course to keep you moving!

• Half Marathon
• Shrimp & Grits 5K
• Youth Marathon
• USTAF Certified Courses
• All courses are flat
• Entertainment along the course
• Ample aid stations with medical support
• Available bathrooms
• Ample parking at the start with shuttle return
• Family friendly post-race event with entertainment

Youth Marathon

Join us for the Charleston Youth Marathon and you and your school can be a part of it!

All students are encouraged to run the marathon and should log 25 miles prior to the final 1.2- mile run. Each runner receives a commemorative t-shirt and finisher medal. In addition, a family fun area with refreshments, activities and live entertainment awaits the finishers!

The Charleston Half Marathon® Grants Program

The Charleston Half Marathon® is Engaging Creative Minds’ premier fundraiser with 20% of the net race proceeds going to school grants.

Our grant program supports students in Charleston County, Berkeley County, and Dorchester District 2 with funding from $100 – $2,000 to support arts programming.

Sponsoring the Charleston Half Marathon®

The Mission of the Charleston Half Marathon® cannot be realized without the support and partnership of the local business community. Monetary donations, as well as in-kind products or services, serve as the backbone to this crucial fundraising event.

Many opportunities at various levels are available for your company to support the Charleston Half Marathon®, allowing you to maximize your return on investment while shining as a positive community role model.

For any questions about sponsorship, please contact [email protected]

Volunteer for the Charleston Half Marathon®

It’s easy! Simply visit this link to sign up! There you can choose from a variety of stations where volunteers are needed throughout the race. Water stops, course monitors, packet check-in, kids’ area, finish line – all these areas need to be manned. Come out and join the fun for one of the most enjoyable and community-backed events of the YEAR!!

Why should YOU volunteer?

• Groups of 20 or more will receive a stipend of $150. Great for organizations, school groups, teams, churches, and clubs!

• College students and high school students will receive service hours for their time!

• It’s for a GREAT CAUSE!!! A portion of the proceeds from the Charleston Half Marathon® helps to fund grants for local schools to help integrate arts programs into their curriculum!

• All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and post-race refreshments!

• It’s just FUN!!!!